Good Lord, the day I come home with this yarn I probably came close to driving off the road ten times because I couldn’t stop looking at this yarn. What a DORK. I was obsessing over the colors, to be specific. I had a soon-to-expire groupon to A Tangled Skein and spent about an hour marching around the shop to find the perfect yarn for a gray sweater. Blah. Nothing was what I wanted, but I’m still not sure how that turned into me pairing pea green and sky gray-blue together. I could not get over how perfect I thought this was.
Unfortunately, I hadn’t figured out how to translate that into a pattern I liked… I have to admit I’m a little disappointed that all I came up with was stripes. Had I planned a little more, I probably would have gotten more of one and less of another and knitted a fair isle sweater. Or colorblocked. There was a lot of swatching going on.
Project page here. I used the formula from the Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan to figure out the number of stitches to cast on, then improvised from there. I added some overlap and buttons on the cuffs and collars – I’m not entirely thrilled with the collar but I like it best with the scarf over it anyways.
Let’s talk about jogless stripes (non-knitters, you may glaze over right about now). I used
this technique [correction: wrong link! I don’t know about that technique, but THIS is the one I used and it is very simple. Sorry for the confusion!] and I’m pleased with the lack o’ jog, but as you can see below, despite blocking, you can see the beginning of the round travel in a diagonal across my sweater. However, that part you see is the worst of it – I learned not to carry the unused yarn in the back of the stitch I’m knitting – it makes the stitch too tight and hence the visibility of the diagonal. Did I go back and fix that part? Of course not. Knit on!
OK non-knitters, you can come back now.